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No More Tears – How Anwar Became a Radical / How Syria Dies

45'
"This intense doc paints an intimate and moving picture of the situation of people in this torn country, seemingly without effort. Pelda gives life during wartime a face." (Spiegel Online)

Only very few Western journalists go to Syria nowadays – it's too dangerous. We took the risk and traveled to the war zone, bringing back exclusive footage illustrating everyday life, and the people's longing for peace. We follow Anwar, a former teacher who began helping the opposition as an unarmed activist. But bloodshed and brutality spark a gradual and fundamental change in him. All that’s left over is the wish for a new, divine law, to sweep away the tyranny of the Assad regime.

This documentary travels to the dangerous war zone of Syria to chart one young volunteer's slide into militant radicalism, faced with hideous bloodshed and the West's blasé disinterest. Only very few Western journalists go to Syria nowadays – it's become too dangerous. Our reporters took the risk and traveled to the war zone several times, bringing back exclusive footage illustrating everyday life in Syria, and the people's longing for peace and a normal life amid all the destruction. They document the way the conflict spun out of control – and the increasing radicalization of the enemies of President Assad. The main character is Anwar, a young Syrian and former teacher. He began helping the opposition as an unarmed activist. But the bloodshed and brutality of the war, and the West's refusal to get involved, spark a gradual and fundamental change in him. He goes from clean-shaven activist to bearded Islamist, joining a Salafist group. Their aim is an Islamic state. All that is left over of the ideals of the incipient rebellion is the wish for an entirely new, divine law, to sweep away the corruption and tyranny of the Assad regime. The detailed, intense images of the doc stand in contrast to the shaky smartphone footage from unknown sources that have shaped our image of the conflict to date.

Fotos: ©WDR

Original Title: Vergießt keine Tränen mehr – Wie Anwar radikal wurde / Wie Syrien stirbt
Year: 2013
Length: 45'
Resolution: HD
Film by: Kurt Pelda, Birgit Virnich
Produced by: WDR, die story

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